Sudden hearing loss
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The condition of “sudden hearing loss” is characterized by an abrupt and usually unilateral reduction of hearing. The loss may affect any frequency and may range from mild to profound in degree. This type of hearing loss causes particular difficulty in assessment because several chronic conditions may manifest similar initial symptoms. Sudden hearing loss is an emergency which demands astute recognition and a prompt otolaryngological referral. The key to prompt recognition in the primary care setting includes the maintenance of a high index of suspicion accompanied by a thorough and accurate patient history. © Williams and Wilkins 1989. All Rights Reserved.
Rambur, Betty Ann. "Sudden hearing loss." Nurse Practitioner 14, 1 (1989): 8-19. doi:10.1097/00006205-198901000-00011.